Key Points
  • Aggressively pursue evidence-based models that fight fraud, waste, and abuse.
  • Increase the off-ramp for those who are not truly needy.
  • Regulators and elected officials integrate specific program indicators and outcomes to taxpayer dollars for public assistance.
  • Where possible, services for at-risk populations should be case managed to provide a centralized and comprehensive approach for individuals and families, allowing for less duplication and better chance for success of the individual.
  • States should encourage integrating private assistance into state operated programs, encouraging less dependency on bureaucracy and more on existing community resources.

The welfare state is larger than it has ever been in U.S. history. As Americans we spend nearly one trillion dollars a year on federal and state human services programs, yet despite public investment the poverty rate has risen to 15.1 percent. Public assistance is necessary to help those who are truly in need, however these programs are rarely called on to show effectiveness in creating true opportunities for individuals and families to escape dependence and pursue a life of success and prosperity.

At ALEC, our objective is to help states implement policy that will modernize human services programs so public investment in human services not only create opportunities for self sufficiency, but to use data metrics in state based programs to show which program operations are more effective in fighting poverty for at-risk populations.

Other common sense approaches to breaking the cycle of dependency is reducing regulatory barriers to communities and leveraging existing resources to coordinate services while also working to aggressively reduce fraud, waste and abuse.

It has been said that a society can be judged by the way it treats those least able to care for themselves. At ALEC, we work to foster a competitive yet compassionate society that leads each person to the dignity of work and culture of success and prosperity.


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Model Policies

  • SCHIP Anti-Crowd-Out Act Sunset Review

    Section 1. Short Title.  This Act shall be known as the “SCHIP Anti-Crowd-Out Act.” Section 2. Requirement Regarding Employer-Sponsored Coverage. (A)  Subject to this Section, no payment may be made under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) with respect to an individual who is eligible for coverage under a …

  • Resolution in Support of Oral Health Curriculum Sunset Review

    WHEREAS, oral health is distinct from other aspects of health care in that oral health predominantly relates to two diseases—caries and periodontal disease—both of which are largely preventable; and WHEREAS, unlike in medicine, emergency room visits for oral health should be entirely avoidable; and WHEREAS, an analysis of emergency room visits in …

  • Medicaid Block Grant Act Sunset Review

     Medicaid Block Grant Act Summary This Act relates to reforms designed to support state Medicaid programs, including requesting federal authorization to fund the state Medicaid program through a block grant or similar funding; establishes eligibility requirements, sliding scale subsidies, provisions for HSAs, a Medicaid reform task force, …

  • Cancer Drug Donation Program Act Sunset Review

    Section 1. Title.  This Act shall be known as the “Cancer Drug Donation Program Act.” Section 2. Definitions.  For purposes of the Cancer Drug Donation Program Act, the following definitions apply: (A) “Cancer drug” means a prescription drug used to treat cancer or its side effects or …

  • Resolution on Medicaid Funding Through a Federal Block Grant Sunset Review

    WHEREAS, Total U.S. Medicaid spending in 2006 exceeded $303 billion; and WHEREAS, The share of federal Medicaid funding provided to the states is determined by a state-by-state matching percentage, and the actual amount of federal funding sent to the states is determined by how much the states spend in order …

  • Requiring Legislative Approval for Medicaid Expansion Act Sunset Review

    Requiring Legislative Approval for Medicaid Expansion Act Summary Prohibits the expansion of Medicaid eligibility through an increase in the income threshold without prior legislative approval. Model Policy Section 1. Title. This Act shall be known as the “Requiring Legislative Approval for Medicaid Expansion Act.” Section 2.

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Task Forces

Health and Human Services

There is no sector of our economy where the hand of government is more evident than in health care. Half …

Press Releases

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